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That Troubling Injun Joe

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Murder of the Doctor is the talk of the town for a few days. Suspicion sits saliently like toxic fumes resting above Sawyer’s town. In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, the rising action and climax bring the heat. Muff Potter and Injun Joe were the only people who were known to be there that night. Nobody thought that Huckleberry and Tom were sitting silently in the shadows. They saw Injun Joe murder the poor Doctor, but everyone put the blame on Muff when they found his knife, the knife that killed the Doctor. Though the accusations were false, he gets sent to prison. At the trial, Tom cannot stand the fact that an innocent man is suffering for the nefarious act performed by Injun Joe. Filled with confidence, he tells the story of what he saw on the night of the murder. While Sawyer speaks, Joe cleverly escapes the courtroom. Tom, fearful and scared, worries that Joe would murder him. Nothing happens for a few days, and Tom soon forgets about all his concerns. A few nights later, Tom and Huck are hunting for treasure, when a disguised Injun Joe catches their eye. Under his arm is a chest of money which the boys are keen to find. The next day, Becky’s parents arrange a picnic for all the young kids in town. When all the kids headed back from exploring the cave near the river, Tom and Becky never made it back. The two kids lost inside the cave soon discover Injun Joe was also inside the same cave. Terror strikes through the two, how would they get back?

In my series of tweets, I was hoping to portray the desperateness in the kids voice. I hoped to portray the sense of two kids lost in a cave then discovering they were with a murderer. It follows the story line of Tom and Becky first getting into the cave, then getting lost. Another tweet describes discovering Injun Joe was hiding out in the cave. After all that trauma, the tweets continue with Tom and Becky tweeting together, praying for the best.

A Changed Voice from the American Revolution

Hello, my name is Elias Smith; I’m a 14-year-old young man from 17th century America. Born into a family of British colonists, we migrated to a new country to begin a new life. Currently in Boston, there is a revolution occurring around me. As a young man living through a revolution, my life is pretty great so far. King George the third is such a great leader; he is going to bring this country greatness. In the beginning of this year, I have begun to write journal entries about my life in America, to hopefully inform future readers about my lifestyle. How great life in America will be!

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As always, all revolutions bring change. In the American Revolution, lots of things changed, but some also remain constant. There was a new government system, peace, and independence from the British crown. America started including presidents into their governing ways. The new government kept the continental congress; but because they no longer had one supreme ruler, they made a presidential organization. In the peace treaty between USA, France, and Britain, America received the east of the Mississippi River, south of Canada, and north of Florida from France. Finally, one of the most obvious changes was freedom from under the British rule; nonetheless, just because they had independence and freedom, didn’t mean everyone was equal and received all the rights human deserve. There were still social classes, where rich, white, religious men were put at the top of the food chain, and black people and women were on the bottom. Another racial rule that was kept the same was rights. Black people still didn’t receive their equal share of rights. Also, women didn’t get rights to freedom of speech until later on; but even modern day women in America still don’t have their full rights. Though the American Revolution brought some good change, some things will always remain the same.

 

 

Toppling Top Hat of Information

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In this blog post, I wrote about two different styles – textbook vs. novels. I compared the two excerpts, one from Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, another from “American Revolution” booklet. When comparing these two literary pieces, I noticed difference between sentence structure, language use, and the overall voice the author uses; however, they also have similarities in the way they write. The two passages I picked out were two view points of the Coercive Acts during the American Revolution. The novel is written at the time of 1943, during the second World War. Forbes was born and raised in Massachusetts, so she was very informed about all the events that occurred during the American Revolution. Though written in third person, her writing is written in the tone of a patriot. The booklet quote that I chose was written in a less opinionated tone, and was also written in third person.

Looking In Elizabeth Bennet

 

Elizabeth Bennet’s Diary

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For the book Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, I wrote a short diary in the perspective of Elizabeth Bennet. In this diary, we see why we shouldn’t be trusting of our prejudice. With the development of the book, we begin to face a new side of Darcy, a much warmer side. Jane and Mr. Bingley were happy as ever. But what book is complete without at least a few barriers? A close family friend – Mr. Collins – enjoys a visit at the Bennet’s, in hopes of finding a partner for life. He soon catches interest in Elizabeth; however, Elizabeth has her eyes on Mr. Wickham, who accuses Darcy of mistreating him, which causes Elizabeth to dislike Darcy even more. To her mother’s dismay, Elizabeth declined Mr. Collins request. He doesn’t dwell for long and moves on to Elizabeth’s friend, Charlotte. Whilst all this is happening, Mr. Bingley brusquely leaves returns to London, leaving Jane heartbroken. Elizabeth realizes this must be the doing of Darcy and Mr. Bingley’s mother. Jane is left feeling unwanted by Mr. Bingley through letters and visits to Caroline – his mother. Shortly, she realizes Caroline never cared for her.

For a change of location, they visit Charlotte, Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Kent and Rosings Park. Mr. Darcy soon joins the party and confesses his undying and astonishing love for Elizabeth. He gets down on one knee, and asks for her love and hand in marriage. She had rebuked him for his previous actions – intercepting the lovebirds, treating Mr. Wickham unfairly, and acting arrogant towards her – leaving him in shock. He defends his actions in a letter explaining Mr. Wickham’s forfeited inheritance and how Mr. Wickham had tried to elope with his little sister so he could take her fortune. Defending himself against the accusation of Jane and Bingley, he simply states her families want of property and how Jane was not in love with Mr. Bingley. This time he leaves Elizabeth in shock.

After we discover all this information about Lizzy’s life, we can see how developed her character is in Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth realizes that though she is intelligent, some things aren’t determined by intelligence but by experience. We also experience change in Mr. Darcy’s character. He is able to let Elizabeth know about the things she misjudged him by. Through a letter he sends, we learn so much about everyone in the book, and their character.

Aren’t We All Just Puppets in This Ventriloquist Show Known As Life?

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For the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, we have created a diagram to provide information on how censorship is shown in the book. In this diagram, we have our central idea of censorship, and our theme statement: “to control the masses, it’s important to eliminate things that create diversity” (2). We have used these four quotes because we thought it showed the most prominent ideas of censorship and why it is used within this society. The pictures give our diagram just a stronger push, adding imagery and a statement of its own kind. To create a sense of organization, the quotes are in red, the theme statement is bolded, and the explanations in regular font. Our diagram hopefully explains our idea of censorship in this book.

Blinded in Other Places Then the Human Eye

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Our minds function in different ways, as our organs do. Each different organ, or state of mind, there are different uses, and all serve an important role. As you all might’ve noticed from my last posts, recently I have been reading the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout the book it reveals an overlying idea – the subconscious mind. Whilst reading this book, I have realized the author’s purpose in writing on this complex topic. Trying to show this message, I have made a found poem with words from the final extract in the book.

 

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In the book Blink, not only does Malcolm tell us in his own words about what he thinks about our subconscious mind, he gives us real life examples, with expert opinions. To bring in perspective, he tests many situations on plain folk, just like you. With this he conveys his purpose to influence how we think, and how we act. We can observe through his writing his extreme passion towards this topic. In one of the many tests, he brings us through a situation called reading with our eyes. Now this may be confusing to most of you, as you may not have much background knowledge; however, the explanation and example Gladwell gave was so simplistic, we could begin to understand: “I’ve been in auditions without screens… I was prejudiced. I began to listen with my eyes, and there is no way that your eyes don’t affect your judgment” (Gladwell 251). In this exert, he explains how when auditioning, most are judged on their appearances not the talent. Auditions without screens, are blind auditions. Only listening to a performance, and not having it based off of gender, appearance, etc. Listening with your eyes is an idiom describing how our eyes do all the judging, whilst our ears are just an accessory. We are always told to not judge by a book by its cover, but the fact is that we do all the time. Eyes, useful and handy, are very impactful in different situations. What makes this book influential on my life? The fact that Gladwell’s purpose is not just to make a best seller, but to inform us on the little things, maybe details we don’t notice.

 

In this found poem I used words and parts of phrases from the book, attempting to string along a message with Gladwell’s drive. I used words from different paragraphs in certain pages, and combined them, and found a nice rhythm and beat. Throughout this book, he gives hints that we need to strengthen our knowledge on our own minds. I thought using the phrases “running out of genuine mind respect”, and “permanently or momentarily mind-blind”, added emphasis on educating other about the human mind was an important idea. Gladwell’s main drive is educating the little details that help us make significant realizations. In the last few lines, I wanted to add more importance on the purpose of taking action, and enlightening others. That’s how I built up this poem.

 

In the end, we have to realize the purpose behind a book, novel, story, to determine its intentions. If the author was truly passionate, they would write a nonfiction book like Malcolm Gladwell, where he tries to teach the future. The purpose behind this book is admirable, and the book itself is magnificent.

 

Don’t Go Chasing Gatsby

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I love you, he said as she slowly tore him apart. She was his poison, but something so strong that it knocked him cold. She didn’t love him, and deep inside he knew it, but he didn’t believe it.

The resolution of The Great Gatsby by F. S. Fitzgerald wasn’t that great. It portrayed betrayal and disloyalty; however, it also depicted the social hierarchy that is West and East Egg, and basically all of New York at that time. There were the old aristocracies like Tom and Daisy, and there were the fresh wealth, played by Gatsby and Nick. Old aristocracies disliked the newly rich, they find them not mannered and lacking in social graces. Because with all the new wealth, the aristocracies feel threatened, that they might get thrown off the very top. Behind the scenes, Gatsby and Daisy are sneaking around, and Gatsby is convinced that Daisy loved him. One dark day comes along, when Gatsby felt the urge to make Daisy his officially, confessing all they have done to Nick, Jordan, and Tom. Bedlam erupts between the five, whilst Daisy, Jordan and Nick, are trying to keep it civil, Tom and Gatsby are far from it. (spoiler alert!) Gatsby and Daisy driving back, they cause a bloody murder. Mrs. Wilson, looking innocent on the road, but waving like a mad women, gets crushed underneath the two’s car. Gatsby and Daisy drive faster and faster, Daisy shocked by the encounter falls into Gatsby’s lap, and Gatsby drives away. Mr. Wilson, seething and furious, with the bang of his gun, murders Gatsby. Daisy and Tom act like nothing happened, and she wasn’t responsible. Without a word, leaving town.

In my book cover, I drew Gatsby seeing everything in black and white, except for the flowing river that separates him from Tom and Daisy. The flowing river represents the tension between them growing as strong as a river. The two people on one side representing Daisy and Tom, how Daisy will always go running back to Tom. Though she has no feelings for Tom, he is an aristocracy, and she needs the status. Lonely and deserted, Gatsby is drawn on the other side, as he is no longer in their lives, he will always be a reminder, of what they have done. Showing the line between the higher hierarchies, compared to the lower.